Sometimes I wish the bible was like the "choose your own adventure" books that I read as a kid. It's not that I'm necessarily unhappy with the outcomes in the bible, but I'm curious what would have happened in some circumstances. One of those circumstances is Gehazi's foolish choice to lie to a prophet. I mean, come on, Elisha brought a guy back from the dead! He healed someone of leprosy. Why would it ever cross anyone's mind to lie him? When Gehazi took the money from Naaman, he made a big mistake. But what would have happened to him if he had come clean with Elisha? Would Elisha have forgiven him? Or would Gehazi and all of his family still be plagued with leprosy? That's the adventure I want to choose. We all mess up to some degree or another, but it seems like the state of Gehazi's heart was pretty poor. It's one thing to make a mistake and repent (though consequences still have to be faced), but it's something entirely different to lie about it (essentially even to God) when confronted on the issue. I think that if Gehazi had sought forgiveness from the Lord and reconciliation with Naaman then he would have been forgiven. The question isn't whether or not we will mess up… because we all will. The question is what the state of our hearts. A healthy heart leads to Godly actions, and a sick heart leads a person to destruction. Gehazi had a sick heart.
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Seth is a pastor, author, and speaker who lives in Batesville, Indiana. He is married to Kari, and they have two daughters, Madelyn and Noelle.